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What to do if a dog attacks
After a dog attack, you should seek medical or veterinary treatment as a priority.
When safe to do so, you must report the attack to the relevant council. To report an attack within the District Council of Mount Remarkable call the Council Office on 8666 2014.
If you’re not sure which council to contact, you can find a map of South Australia’s council boundaries here.
Report the incident ASAP
Like all serious incidents, time is a critical factor in dealing with dog attacks. This is especially important if the offending dog is wandering at large and still poses a risk to the public or other animals. To help council investigators, please try to gather the following information before contacting us:
You should also keep copies of any medical certificates, vet or doctor bills as evidence.
What happens when a dog is reported?
Who is responsible?
You are responsible for your dog’s actions. It is an offence for a dog to attack, harass or chase a person, another animal or a bird owned by a person.
Depending on the severity of the attack, councils can:
If you have any questions contact us on 8666 2014.
Preventing dog bites
Dogs bite for many reasons. The most common reasons are fear, pain or confusion when mixing with people and other dogs. Ignoring signs of aggression can result in serious injury to you, a member of your family or others. You can discourage biting by:
For more information on being a good dog owner, visit the Dog and Cat Management Board website